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Marty Sklar Dies: Longtime Imagineer, Theme Park Designer & Walt Disney’s “Right-Hand Man” Was 83

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Marty Sklar, the man who supervised the design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-mgm Studios, Disneyland Paris and other theme park attractions, has died at his home, Disney said tonight. He was 83 and had made an appearance at Disney’s D23 two weeks ago. Having started as an intern for Walt Disney, Sklar finished his 54-year career at Disney as the International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering. That role meant traveling to art and design colleges… »


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Peter Bart: Police Sadism In ‘Detroit’ May Stir Audiences, But Will It Also Provoke Them?

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Here's what Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal say they wanted to accomplish in shooting Detroit: That filmgoers "not so much watch the story as absorb it like a physical sensation." The question: Should a race riot be inflicted on an audience as a "physical sensation?" In making an agitprop movie, should filmmakers design scenes that might themselves be potentially inflammatory? I am not skittish about film violence nor am I a virgin with riots. As a newspaper reporter, I… »


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‘Lbj’ Trailer: Woody Harrelson As 36th President In Rob Reiner’s Next Film

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In the new trailer for Lbj, Woody Harrelson transforms into Lyndon Baines Johnson, the VP who became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and was faced with the Vietnam War and also civil unrest. The film, directed by Rob Reiner, begins after then-Senate Majority Leader Johnson loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to then Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan) and then agrees to be his young rival's running mate. But once they win the election, despite his… »


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Fox & 21 Laps Land John Kamps Novel ‘The Prince’s Guard’

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Exclusive: Twentieth Century Fox has pre-emptively acquired The Prince’s Guard, an u pcoming novel by screenwriter John Kamps. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce through 21 Laps. The book is the first novel by Kamps, whose screenplay credits include the Jon Favreau-directed Zathura and David Koepp-helmed Ghost Town and Premium Rush. It’s the first of a planned novel trilogy, and the book is in the process of being set with a publisher. Kamps also has been set to write… »


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Pablo Schreiber Joins Dwayne Johnson In ‘Skyscraper’

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Exclusive: American Gods star Pablo Schreiber has come aboard writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s 3D actioner Skyscraper, the Legendary/Universal pic starring Dwayne Johnson. Co-starring Neve Campbell and Chin Han, the film hits theaters July 13, 2018. Skyscraper follows former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader Will (Johnson), who now assesses security for skyscrapers. During an assignment in Hong Kong, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly… »


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‘Brigsby Bear’s 3311 Productions Sets Two Movies

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Exclusive: As Sony Pictures Classics tomorrow opens the Dave McCary-directed Brigsby Bear with an ensemble headed by Kyle Mooney and Claire Danes, 3311 Productions’ Mark Roberts and Ross Jacobson are gearing up two more films. The Fifth Official, a co-production with Gran Via Productions, has Chad Hartigan directing his script, a taut European thriller about a soccer ref who attempts to throw a match for the first time. Hartigan is coming off Morris From America, which… »


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Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Gets China Release Date In Late August

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Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets has been granted an August 25 China release date, Deadline has confirmed. China is a hoped-for key play on the expensive sci-fi epic, and this late August date means it will be one of the first imports allowed into the Proc after the traditional (if unofficial) summer blackout. An official announcement on the dating is expected tomorrow, after speculation had begun to emerge in the Middle Kingdom. The EuropaCorp pic… »


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Judy Greer Set To Return For Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’

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Exclusive: Judy Greer has signed on to reprise her role of Maggie Lang, Scott Lang/Ant-Man’s ex-wife and mother to his daughter, in Marvel/Disney’s upcoming Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp. Greer’s news comes on the heals of Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation where it was announced that Michelle Pfeiffer will be playing Janet Van Dyne and Laurence Fishburne was cast as Dr. Bill Foster. The studio is remaining tight-lipped on plot details on the film, which will bow in… »


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‘Atomic Blonde’: How Sierra/Affinity Bottled Its Blonde

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Atomic Blonde, the $30 million-plus graphic novel film adaptation starring Charlize Theron as a kick-ass super spy, bows this weekend from Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity and is expected to bring in somewhere around $20M in its opening weekend. That would be a good start for the film if word-of-mouth is strong, and it has received generally favorable reviews. This movie comes after Theron was embraced as an action star two years ago by audiences in Mad Max: Fury… »


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‘Sweet Valley High’ Movie Gets Kirsten Smith & Harper Dill To Script Ya Adaptation

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Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has hired Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Harper Dill to co-write an adaptation of the Sweet Valley High book series by Francine Pascal. Chernin Entertainment is producing. Sweet Valley High is a Ya publishing phenomenon totaling over 600 books, and spawning spinoffs and a TV series. Known for their wild plot twists, the books center on teenage twin sisters, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, who live in the fictional town of Sweet Valley, California… »


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‘High Wire Act’: Bleecker Street Acquires 1980s Spy Thriller Starring Jon Hamm & Rosamund Pike

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High Wire Act made Deadline’s list of hot titles at Cannes last year, and now Bleecker Street has scooped up U.S. rights to director Brad Anderson‘s period spy thriller starring Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris. Tony Gilroy wrote the script. Mark Pellegrino, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Idir Chender and Jonny Coyne also star in the film about top U.S. diplomat (Hamm), who leaves Lebanon in the 1970s after his wife is killed. A decade later, he… »


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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Is Scottish Legend James Douglas In Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’

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Exclusive: Aaron Taylor-Johnson is being set to co-star as James Douglas in Outlaw King, the David Mackenzie-directed Netflix feature that stars Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce in the War for Scottish Independence. Pine reunites with his Hell or High Water helmer in a package Netflix landed in April for its burgeoning feature film slate. Douglas is a storied figure in Scottish history, and from what I’m reading, it’s hard to imagine Robert the Bruce would have succeeded in… »


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‘It’ Trailer: Stephen King’s Pennywise Pounds Foolish Kids In Bucolic Maine

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“When you’re a kid, you think the universe revolves around you.” Actually, what’s really revolving around you is what you should worry about, kid. Enter Pennywise, the killer clown from childhood and adult nightmares born of Stephen King’s evil pen. Here’s the first full trailer for It, New Line’s adaptation of the 1986 horror classic that did for clowning what Psycho did for showering. “When you’re alone as a kid, the monsters see you as weaker. You don’t even know… »


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‘Valerian’ Takes Flight In France With 2nd Best Opening Day Of 2017

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Full first-day France figures are in for Luc Besson’s expensive sci-fi epic, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Landing 375,400 admissions on 970 screens Wednesday, the maiden French voyage kicked off to 3.19M euros ($3.72M). The start is good enough to rank it as the 2nd best launch day of the year, coming in behind Despicable Me 3‘s Day 1 of 455,713 admissions on 877 screens earlier this month. The first-day numbers also topped Besson’s 2014 Lucy launch of… »


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Nick Offerman To Be The Hero Of ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

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Nick Offerman has been set as the lead of Hearts Beat Loud, a music-driven indie film that will reunite him with his The Hero director Brett Haley. Kiersey Clemons co-stars in the pic that has also cast Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette. Haley and Marc Basch co-wrote the script and shooting in set to begin next month in New York City. In his first feature lead role, Offerman plays Frank, who with his daughter Sam (Clemons) forms an unlikely… »


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Chad Michael Murray & Danielle Harris To Star In Horror Pic ‘Camp Cold Brook’

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Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and scream queen Danielle Harris (Halloween) are set to topline horror film Camp Cold Brook, from director Andy Palmer. Gremlins helmer Joe Dante is attached to produce the film, which is currently in production. Murray stars as reality TV producer and host Jack Wilson, who finds himself in a tough spot when his show is about to be cancelled. In a last ditch effort to spark ratings, he and his producers Angela (Harris) choose to film… »


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It’s Official: Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ Will Close New York Film Festival

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Update Thursday Am: Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel will have its world premiere as the Closing Night selection of the 55th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, October 14. Amazon Studios will release Wonder Wheel on December 1, 2017, the first film the studio will distribute independently. "I'm not quite sure what I expected when I sat down to watch Wonder Wheel, but when the lights came up I was speechless,” said Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair… »


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‘The Tiger Hunter’ Trailer & Release Date: Lena Khan Comedy From Shout! Factory – Update

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Updated, 8:48 Am: Shout! Factory has set a September 22 release date for The Tiger Hunter and released a poster and trailer (watch it above). Lena Khan's comedy will open in New York, Los Angeles and select major markets. Previously, April 25: Lena Khan's comedy feature, The Tiger Hunter has been acquired by the Shout! Factory for all distribution avenues in North America, including theatrical. Written by Sameer Gardezi and directed by Khan (who co-wrote), the film is a… »


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‘Suburbicon’ Trailer: Matt Damon & The Mob In George Clooney’s Venice-Bound Noir

27 July 2017 7:53 AM, PDT

The George Clooney-directed Suburbicon was announced earlier this morning as a world premiere competition entry at the Venice Film Festival. Matt Damon stars as a family man dealing with the aftermath of a deadly home invasion in the quiet titular town. And, yes, it’s also a comedy. See for yourself above in the first trailer which Paramount dropped today. The official synopsis reads: “Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and… »


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NBCU’s Steve Burke Is “Skeptical” About Ott, Crows About Upfront Sales

27 July 2017 5:40 AM, PDT

Comcast is an island of calm in the middle of industries battered by competitive storms, executives told analysts today in their quarterly call to review earnings. NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke says he’s unfazed by the growth of over-the-top video services such as At&T’s DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu Live, and Dish Network’s Sling TV. They are “not all that material to our business.” “We have deals in place with all of them,” he adds. “They’re actually very favorable, so… »


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